Friday, October 29, 2010


I painted a mask for our Halloween party tonight, but when I got home from work all the paint had cracked and peeled off - so sad :(

One of my favorite students, Eddy, in his Dracula outfit.

Eddy and Eric, one of my naughtiest students - no, THE naughtiest student....says he's going to be an FBI agent one day. I think he's going to be on the FBI's most-wanted list one day....

My baby students' Halloween art work...
A typical 8-year old drawing - very cute!

A very impressive piece of art-work from Peter (not the brightest, but clearly artistically gifted!)

That's what I love about teaching - noticing all the different ways that kids are talented, gifted and bright. It's a rewarding job, and sometimes I wonder who is learning more - the kids or me?!

Monday, October 25, 2010


I took the opportunity to go down to Mokpo on the South West coast this weekend. I've never been in that part of the country so I was eager to see what was there. Korea happened to be hosting their first-ever F1 grand prix race, so the small town had a really buzzing atmosphere. Unfortunately, because it took so long (5 hours on the train) to get down there, I didn't end up with enough time to take a ferry to the neighbouring islands, which was what I actually wanted to do!

I did get to climb Yudalsan, a little peak near the harbour which has stunning views of the ocean dotted with many smaller islands. The overcast weather unfortunately prevented me from seeing the proclaimed sunset over the ocean.

This area is also famous for being one of the posts of Admiral Yi Sun Shin - my favorite Korean hero. So I was pleased to see his statue there too.

The harbour at sunset

Heading out to the pre-F1 night street festival

On Sunday it poured with rain, so I couldn't do much before catching my 1:30 train...I did go into the Natural History Museum, which although fun, has nothing on the one I went to in Oxford!

Jisan Open Day

Our base resort, Jisan, had an open day for all the snowboarding clubs - there was no snow, but there was lots of delicious food plus fun and games to be had! It was weird to see the slopes with no snow, being occupied by some BMX bikers cutting up the slopes - fun!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Homeward bound...

One of my students drew this to give to me...I'm not sure what he was trying to imply, but I guess maybe he was reading my mind!

Notice the little South African flag, with 'Nam Aperika' (South Africa in Korean) written above.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

We were blessed with perfect, summer-like weather today as we ventured out to enjoy the festivities down at Hwaseong Fortress. There were lots of cultural/arty activities to take part in, a food festival, music and dance, and of course the main parade re-enacting King Jeong-jo's funeral (King Jeong-Jo is famous for building the Hwaseong fortress, and is considered to be one of the most successful and visionary rulers of the Joseon dynasty, around the 1700's. He died very suddenly, under mysterious circumstances - some say he was poisoned by a jealous brother!) . This evening we also got to see a play about the the life of King Jeong-jo. Although we couldn't understand much, it was still interesting to watch!

The parade, including fun and formal

Being interviewed for the local news

The food fun

James got stuck into the ceramics

King Jeong-jo's play